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Protests Follow Islam Party Victory In Tunisia

From an irony proof Agence France-Presse:

Violent protests in Tunisia after election result

By Mariette le Roux
October 18, 2011

Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party got to work on Friday on forming a coalition government amid violent protests after the party won a strong mandate in the Arab Spring’s first elections.

And probably their last, since this Ennahda party now has the power to re-write Tunisia’s constitution in their own image.

While victory celebrations were underway, the party offices in Sidi Bouzid, the birthplace of the Tunisian revolution, were targeted by youths upset after candidates belonging to rival party were disqualified by election authorities.

Why were they protesting at the Ennahda party offices? Why not at the election monitors offices? (We’re joking, of course.)

Late-night results showed Ennahda, banned under dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, took 90 of the 217 seats, or 41,47 percent, in an assembly that will rewrite the constitution and appoint a president and a caretaker government…

Fourth place, or 19 seats, went to the Petition for Justice and Development, a grouping of independents led by Hechmi Haamdi, a rich London-based businessman said to have close ties to Ben Ali.

This despite the invalidation of six of its candidates’ lists, including those in Sidi Bouzid in central Tunisia. Haamdi later withdrew from the assembly in protest.

And the cycle continues.

The invalidation announcement triggered violent protests in Sidi Bouzid, where an unemployed university graduate set himself on fire in December and sparked the Tunisian uprising that launched region-wide revolts.

Funny, but wasn’t this whole ‘Arab Spring’ uprising begun by a Tunisian street vendor setting himself on fire? We’re sure this latest immolation will get the same level of coverage from the news media.

Large crowds marching on the Ennahda party headquarters in the town overnight where they threw stones at police and burnt tyres in the street, witnesses and officials said.

Several public buildings were vandalised but calm had returned by the early morning hours though schools, public buildings and businesses remained closed, an AFP correspondent said.

Ennahda’s offices, a municipal building and a local court were damaged in the unrest, and administrative files burnt, interior ministry spokesman Hichem Meddeb told AFP…

Well, this is what democracy looks like.

Which is why our founding fathers didn’t want our government to be a democracy but a republic.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 28th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Protests Follow Islam Party Victory In Tunisia”

  1. sticks says:

    Where’s Jimmy Carter when you need him? We should send him over there to straighten out this mess. he wil tell Ennahda how to do things right. Oh thats right, we have Obama now.


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